Primary 1 & 2

Duration: 1.5hrs/week

The first day of school is nerve-racking – both for parents and students. Gone are the days where the room is filled with fun toys and teachers singing songs. In a classroom filled with 30-40 wide-eyed 6 year olds, it is very easy for Primary 1 students to get distracted. Teachers’ attention for each student is stretched with the class size. In our culture, most students – especially at this young age – are too shy to raise their hands to ask questions or clarify any doubts.

This is where our teachers help our students – going over the text which is taught in school, plugging in gaps of understanding. In a small class size of 8, our students feel more at ease to ask questions and articulate their opinions. Similarly it allows our teachers to have better engagement and improve their understanding of each child’s learning style and needs. It is important for us that our teachers build their rapport with each student. When there is that mutual respect, students take more interest in their work, are more interactive and learn so much faster.

At XueLin, we have 2 different types of classes to address different needs:

Comprehensive Enrichment Class

• Chinese Characters Recognition & Understanding PinYin 汉字与汉语拼音
• Reinforcing School Syllabus 语文应用
• Budding Speakers 小小演说家
• Picture Expression 看图写话
• Exploring New Horizon 探索园地
• Show and Tell 展现与表达
• Practicing Different Question Types 专题训练
• Review of School Corrections 单元复习
• General Revision 总复习
• Mock Examination 模拟考

Writing & Oral Class — Primary 2 only

The Chinese syllabus has evolved. Chinese composition and oral place a higher weightage on creativity. This class targets the 3 weakest areas we in most students – oral, comprehension and composition.

Composition writing doesn’t come easily for some students. Having to string sentences together in a thoughtful and meaningful way to make a story come to life is difficult. Our Primary 2 students are taught the fundamentals of writing – starting from simple sentence construction to paragraph structuring. Our objective is for students to overcome the fear of writing and at the same time hone their skills of story-telling.

For comprehension it is all about understanding; understanding the comprehension passage, understanding the different types and ways questions are asked, understanding how to best answer these questions. From simple MCQ to cloze questions to open ended questions, we expose our students to different types of passages, writing styles, question phrasing. Our objective is for students to understand what they read, increasing their vocabulary at the same time, and tune their way of answering questions to what is expected by them.

• Understanding the fundamentals of sentence structure
• Different techniques of writing composition
• Increase in vocabulary
• Reading and pronunciation of characters
• Confidence and fluency in oral conversations
• Exposure to different comprehension questions
• Correctly answer comprehension questions

Primary 3 & 4

Duration: 2hrs/week

Our Flourishing Dandelions have now gone through 2 years of primary school life. Whilst the sights of PSLE are still relatively far away, Primary 3 and 4 is catch-up-and-build time. It is crucial that our Primary 3 and 4 students have rock solid foundation in their mastery of the language – for those who need more encouragement and help, this is the time we ramp up their abilities. While we still focus on the school texts, we expand and stretch the student’s capabilities with more complex comprehension pieces. Leveraging traditional stories, we not only build their vocabulary but also their understanding of the Chinese culture. The beauty of learning through stories is it helps build their imagination, solidify their understanding of sentence structure, understanding the finer usage of characters. All of which helps in their composition writing and oral conversations.

It is a huge jump in the school syllabus from Primary 2 to Primary 3. Quarterly tests and semester examinations are now a big part of our students’ lives. To help students master the skills of tests and examinations, our team of teachers have developed Key Scoring Skills (KSS). This is a set of skills which enable our students to better understand the questions set in front of them; the skills of answering questions, using specific keywords and phrases to frame their answers, ultimately garnering the necessary scores.

Comprehensive Enrichment Class

• Reinforcing School Syllabus 语文应用
• Creative Writing 写作小高手
• Oral Communicator 我口说我心
• Video-based Discussion 录像讨论
• Listening Comprehension 听力训练
• Exploring New Horizon 探索园地
• Show and Tell 展现与表达
• Practicing Different Question Types 专题训练
• Review of School Corrections 单元复习
• General Revision 总复习
• Mock Examination 模拟考

Writing & Oral Class

Focusing on the 3 weakest and most challenging areas students face. The syllabus covers:

• Understanding the fundamentals of sentence structure
• Different techniques of writing composition
• Increase in vocabulary
• Reading and pronunciation of characters
• Confidence and fluency in oral conversations
• Exposure to different comprehension questions
• Correctly answer comprehension questions

Primary 5 & 6

Duration: 2hrs/week

Intensive preparation for PSLE starts at Primary 5. By now our Flourishing Dandelions would have a firm grounding in the language. With the critical thinking skills they have learnt, they are more confident in the way they speak, the way they write and their attitude to facing every challenge that come their way.

Now it’s all about honing their skills in tackling every test and exam they sit for. They are taught tips and tricks in answering questions; how to look for clues in comprehension passages; the words, idioms, and phrases which can help add a few more crucial marks to their compositions; finer points in oral communications.

We set quarterly milestones for each student. With each class and assessment they work on, it is critical that our teachers work with our students to immediately address and fill every little gap they find to achieve their quarterly targets.

Leveraging on past years’ examination papers, our teachers sculpt each class assessment to reflect the type of questions students could potentially face for their own PSLE examinations – giving our students an expanded experience.

Stepping into an examination hall can be terrifying. The whole experience is very new and can also be a total shock to our students. Which is why we hold mock examinations for our Primary 6 students, so they can experience – no doubt at a smaller scale – what it feels like. This is a psychological and emotional preparation for them. When they step into the actual environment, they will know what to expect and can be confident in what they need to achieve.

Comprehensive Enrichment Class

For all rounded coverage of the different aspects taught in school classrooms. The syllabus covers:

• Reinforcing School Syllabus 语文应用
• Creative Writing 写作小高手
• Oral Communicator 我口说我心
• Video-based Discussion 录像讨论
• Listening Comprehension听力训练
• Exploring New Horizon 探索园地
• Show and Tell 展现与表达
• Practicing Different Question Types专题训练
• Review of School Corrections 单元复习
• General Revision总复习
• Mock Examination模拟考

Writing & Oral Class

Focusing on the 3 weakest and most challenging areas students face. The syllabus covers:

• Understanding the fundamentals of sentence structure
• Different techniques of writing composition
• Increase in vocabulary
• Reading and pronunciation of characters
• Confidence and fluency in oral conversations
• Exposure to different comprehension questions
• Correctly answer comprehension questions